Amateur

The Ontario Amateur QHA plans events to engage non-pro competitors while raising money for year end awards and other sponsorships. A few typical OAQHA initiatives include:

  • Spring Clinic
  • OAQHA Challenge ($$$ added)
  • Silent Auction 
  • Basket Raffle
  • Etc. 

2022 OAQHA Challenge

With a full show season ahead in 2022, we are preparing for an even bigger and better OAQHA Challenge! 

The OAQHA Challenge gives all Non-Pro exhibitors an opportunity to ride in a unique format for payback, prizes, and recognition. 

NEW FOR 2022 - the Challenge will culminate in an exciting Finals ride-off at the OQHA Summer Finale Show, Labour day weekend in Ancaster Ontario. 

Classes Offered:

Showmanship, Horsemanship & Equitation

How to Qualify for the Finals:

You will ride concurrently in your respective Youth, Amateur, or Select class. There will be 4 'qualifying events' through the season, one in each area: 

  1. Area 2 Spring Kick-Off, May 5-8 in Ancaster 
  2. Area 3 Summerama, July 1-4 in Lindsay
  3. Area 1 Sunsational Summer Circuit, July 15-17 in Ilderton
  4. EOQHA Summer Sizzler, July 26-August 1 in Carp 

At each qualifying event, the scores will be tallied from all Youth, Amateur, and Select classes. Qualification will be based on the scores (not the placings) to ensure a level playing field for all Youth, Amateur and Select exhibitors (the number of people in your age division will not impact scores). If the show has more than 4 judges, your best 4 scores will be utilized in the calculation of your average. The Top 5 horse/rider combinations in each class will be invited to the Finals from each qualifying event. If someone has already qualified at a previous event, we will invite the 6th place horse/rider, etc. Our goal is to have 20 qualified exhibitors ride (or lead) off in the Finals. 

Once you have qualified, you are in! Therefore, it is not a requirement to show at all 4 qualifying events.  However, of course, the more qualifying events you plan to attend the higher your chances of earning a spot in the Finals!

We strongly encourage participation from Level 1 exhibitors and will have special Level 1 awards, but please note that qualification will be based on scores in the Youth/Amateur/Select classes. This is a requirement to ensure a level playing field - such that the same pattern/judging criteria was utilized for all exhibitors.  

*We have added a special Level 1 Wild Card qualification spot. The High Scoring Level 1 Amateur & Level 1 Youth from Area 3 Summerama & EOQHA Hot Hot Sizzler will be invited to the Finals in addition to the regular qualifiers.

UPDATE AUGUST 9th 2022!!! Qualifying events have now wrapped up for the season, and the 22 qualifiers in each event are listed below. HOWEVER - you have one last chance to get in! We will be auctioning off the final 3 spots in each event via Facebook. All funds raised through the auction will go directly to the payback for the class as an added bonus! Check out the Ontario Amateur Quarter Horse Association page on Facebook for details. The auction will open Thursday August 11th at 9am and close Monday August 15th at 9pm.  

How to Register:

Anyone who competes in a Youth, Amateur, or Select class at one of the qualifying events listed above will be automatically considered for qualification. There is no need to register in advance! We will notify the 5 qualifiers in each class after each qualifying event, and invite you to register to ride off in the Finals at that time. 

All Finals registrations must be received by August 15th. The Finals entry fee will be $35 per class (or a discounted OQHA member price of $90 for all 3 classes if qualified). Qualifiers can register at this link. 

Benefits:

Our goal with the OAQHA Challenge is to provide an exciting opportunity for all Non-Pro exhibitors to compete for payback and prizes. With the format of one qualifying event per area, we are hoping to encourage participation from across the province. 

It's also a unique opportunity for all Non-Pros to ride in the same arena and test their skills against different competitors than they have in their classes most weekends. Using a scored format (instead of placings-based) ensures a level playing field for concurrent qualification. 

The exciting Finals will provide these Top 20 qualifiers an opportunity to ride off on a challenging pattern in front of an engaged audience at the Summer Finale show. This will culminate in an awards ceremony to offer recognition for the hard work of all of our participants! 

Qualifiers to Date:

Scroll further for Spotlight features on each of our qualifiers! 

Showmanship:

  • Sonia Vilandre & Best To Be Slow
  • Sarah Donaldson & Crossin The Line
  • Rob Rivait & Shez Paid To Be Sleepy
  • Mallory McKewen & OneGoodHotPine
  • Cynthia Glover & Lazy N Shy
  • Lindsay McDougall & One Fine Suggestion
  • Tracy Beck & Betty The Battcatcher 
  • Taylor Carney & John EB Good
  • Cale Thompson & WhereIComeFrom

  • Jody O'Neill & Lite Sleeper
  • Jodi Pearce & Simple Kinda Cowgirl
  • Darcy Woods & VS Shes A Flatliner
  • Kharli Friske & Her Final Secret
  • Katie Thompson & Gettin Bizy
  • Taiya Parry & Justa Lady Star
  • Madison Glover & Lazy N Shy
  • Cathy Perron-Lapalme & Lazy Lopin Version
  • Jenna Woodley & One Tuff Red Head
  • Allison Charpontier & Strippininmyblujeans
  • Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn
  • Eric Farley & Fred Forgot To Zip
  • Sarah Featherstone & Mr Night After Night
  • Jolianne Labbe & Ridge OneGood Pepper

 

    Equitation: 

    • Sarah Black & Made To Sizzle
    • Lisa Black & Select This Chip
    • Mallory McKewen & OneGoodHotPine
    • Leslie Riley & Mymommadontdance
    • Kharli Friske & Her Final Secret 
    • Holly Robinson & Sweet Mambo Jambo
    • Cale Thompson & Huckleberry Cowboy
    • Danielle Bannerman & Keeping Sundi Good
    • Jodi Pearce & Outlaw For Hire

    • Cale Thompson & WhereIComeFrom
    • Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn
    • Sadie MacPhail & Sheza Chocolate Kat
    • Darcy Woods & VS Shes A Flatliner
    • Jackie Ruccollo & Batt Man Legacy
    • Gillian Merkley & RW Get It On
    • Allison Reynolds & Huntin Secret Assets
    • Hannah More & TJ Kruz Control
    • Sandra Duhamel & Totally Undressed
    • Cendryn Generoux & Kruzen For Cash
    • Taylor Carney & John E B Good
    • Amber Zabel & Willy Huntin A Win
    • Mackenzie Landry & One Tuff Red Head

     

      Horsemanship: 

      • Sarah Donaldson & Crossin The Line 
      • Ben DeBrouwer & Good To Be Macho
      • Cynthia Glover & Lazy N Shy
      • Kharli Friske & Her Final Secret 
      • Holly Robinson & Sweet Mambo Jambo
      • Jody O'Neill & Lite Sleeper
      • Cale Thompson & Huckleberry Cowboy
      • Ashley Caris & JustAWalkInThePark
      • Rob Rivait & Shez Paid To Be Sleepy

      • Jodi Pearce & Simple Kinda Cowgirl
      • Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn
      • Katie Thompson & Gettin Bizy
      • Tracy Beck & Betty The Battcatcher
      • Lisa Black & Select This Chip
      • Sadie MacPhail & Sheza Chocolate Kat
      • Kim Allen & Zips Fancy Talk
      • Jenna Woodley & One Tuff Red Head
      • Judi Woodley & I Got Alota Moves
      • Taylor MacMullin & Misstyfied
      • Lindsay McDougall & Too Hot For Trouble
      • Erin Duquette & Lazy N Happy
      • Shelley Martini & Looks Good N Red

       

         

        Learn more about our finalists

        2022 Equitation Qualifiers

        Mackenzie Landry & One Tuff Red Head
        Mackenzie Landry & One Tuff Red Head
        Amber Zabel & Willy Huntin A Win
        Amber Zabel & Willy Huntin A Win
        Taylor Carney & John E B Good
        Taylor Carney & John E B Good
        Cendryn Generoux & Kruzen For Cash
        Cendryn Generoux & Kruzen For Cash
        Sandra Duhamel & Totally Undressed
        Sandra Duhamel & Totally Undressed
        Learn more about our finalists

        2022 Horsemanship Qualifiers

        Shelley Martini & Looks Good N Red
        Shelley Martini & Looks Good N Red
        Erin Duquette & Lazy N Happy
        Erin Duquette & Lazy N Happy
        Lindsay McDougall & Too Hot For Trouble
        Lindsay McDougall & Too Hot For Trouble
        Taylor MacMullin & Misstyfied
        Taylor MacMullin & Misstyfied
        Judi Woodley & I Got Alota Moves
        Judi Woodley & I Got Alota Moves
        Learn more about our finalists

        2022 Showmanship Qualifiers

        Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn
        Amber Zabel & Sleepy Monn
        Jolianne Labbe & Ridge OneGood Pepper
        Jolianne Labbe & Ridge OneGood Pepper
        Sarah Featherstone & Mr Night After Night
        Sarah Featherstone & Mr Night After Night
        Eric Farley & Fred Forgot To Zip
        Eric Farley & Fred Forgot To Zip
        Allison Charpontier & Strippininmyblujeans
        Allison Charpontier & Strippininmyblujeans

        2021 Showmanship Champion

        Cale Thompson & Whereicomefrom

        2021 Horsemanship Champion

        Mallory McKewen & Shez Settin The Bar

        2021 Equitation Champion

        Sarah Black & Made To Sizzle

        2021 High Scoring Novice

        Sadie MacPhail & Sheza Chocolate Kat

        2022 - Amateur

        OAQHA Board of Directors

        Mallory McKewen

        President

        Kristy Beck

        Past President

        Cale Thompson

        Vice President

        Sheryl Chillson

        Secretary

        Tracy Beck

        Treasurer

        Dave Laidlaw

        Area 1 Director

        Kelly Sparks

        Area 2 Director

        Janna MacMullin

        Area 3 Director

        Haley Clark

        Director at Large

        Danielle Bannerman

        Director at Large

        Christine St-Jean

        Director at Large

        Jenna Misener

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